Course Description


Philadelphia University

Faculty of Arts

Department of Interior Design – Course Description


  1. compulsory courses (72 credit hours)


190101- Principles of Geometric Drawing (3 credit hours)
This course covers the fundamentals of engineering drawing, including how to use tools and materials, how to draw lines, curves, two and three dimensional shapes, and various architectural drawings. The course includes numerous practical assignments.

190102- The basics of interior design (3 credit hours) (Pre-requisite: 190101).
This course covers the basic principles and elements of interior design, its tools, methodologies, techniques, its relationships with the arts and architecture. It includes showing how to solve some basic functional and aesthetic design problems in practical assignments.

190111- Descriptive Perspective (3 credit hours) (Pre-requisite: 190101)
This course shows students how to draw different types of perspective drawings covering architectural shapes, exteriors and interiors, and including various lighting and shading techniques. The course includes practical assignments.

190120- History of Specialization (3 credit hours)
This course covers the historical evolution and development of interior design throughout historical periods, including ancient, Middle Ages, Islamic, and Renaissance civilizations. Special emphasis is on the achievements made in the 20th.century, the theories and movements.

190201- Free-Hand Drawing (3 Credit hours)
This course covers basic free-hand drawing techniques, materials, and tools. This practical course includes pencil and ink drawings covering still life, interiors, and outdoor landscapes.


190221 - Computer Aided-Design (1) (3 Credit hours).This course aims to familiarize

Students with various digital design techniques to produce two and three dimensional designs by using software. It includes practical assignments related to interior design.

190224 - Interior Design (1) (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite: 190101)This course Introduces students to the foundations and elements of design, in addition to the engineering rules for entering the concept of interior design with explanation and simplified analysis of the engineering elements, types of lines, symbols, shapes of surfaces, and the practical application of this study, so that students can deal with projections, sectors and facades of buildings in the field of interior design, in addition to Geometric perspectives for internal spaces.

190225 - Interior Design (2) (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite: 19224)This course covers residential interior design problems, including house spatial functions, circulation, furniture layouts, lighting, and accessories. The course includes various practical assignments that require the production of plans, sections, interior elevations, perspectives, and models.

190241- History of Art & Architecture 1 (3 Credit hours).
This course covers the study of the most outstanding qualities of art, interiors, and architecture of ancient civilizations starting from Mesopotamian to Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and ending with Byzantine.

190242- History of Art & Architecture 2 (3 Credit hours ). (Pre-requisite-190241).
This course covers the study of the art, interiors, and architecture of Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods and up to the Industrial Revolution in Europe.

190310-Interior Design Technologies & Materials (3 Credit hours)
This course introduces the role of technology and its effects on interior design. It also deals with the physical and aesthetic properties of various materials such as stones, marble, wood, metals, glass, plastic, etc., and the application of the techniques in interiors.

190320-Works of workshops (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190310).

This practical course aims to familiarize students with various machines, tools, and techniques related to materials used in interior design. It includes assignments to produce full-size and actual models such as chairs and other interior items.

190311- Calculation of quantities (3.Credit hours)
This course covers the various methods of quantity calculation and cost estimation in interior design projects, including the costs of design, materials, labor, and supervision. It includes several practical cost estimating assignments.


190327 - Furniture Design (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190320).

This course introduces the role played by furniture pieces throughout the ages and studies the approach followed in designing furniture and creative thinking methods. Students prepare preliminary designs for various models of home and office furniture, prepare executive plans for them, determine the materials needed for the implementation process and make models for them.

190323 - Interior Design (3) (3 Credit hours ).  (Pre-requisite: 190225)

This course covers the design of commercials and hospitality buildings such as shops, department stores, malls, hotels, and tourist facilities. Students are taught how to deal with design issues related to such large public buildings, including concept drawings, circulation, functional layouts, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, and models.

0190335 - Architecture and building construction  (3 Credit hours ).  

This course provides students with the basic principles and techniques of restoring historic buildings including their interiors. It includes methods of adapting historic interiors to new uses, upgrading technical services such as lighting and air conditioning, etc.

0190334 - Interior Design Supplements (3 Credit hours ).  

This course covers the role played by various accessories such as furniture, textiles, curtains, paintings, art work, lighting, indoor plants, etc, in the design of private and public interiors. The course includes practical assignments.

0190321Computer Aided-Design (2) (3 Credit hours ). (Pre-requisite-190221).

This practical course is a further continuation of course 190221. It aims to teach students how to use various digital techniques and software to produce more advanced interior drawings and three-dimensional presentations.

190344- Ergonomics (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190201).
This course covers aspects of the measurements of the human body, anatomy, its movements, proportions, and its relationships to interior design and spatial requirements.


109362 – Internship (0 Credit hours).

Students are required after completing 90 credit hours, as part of the graduation conditions, to work  as a trainee for no less than 120 hours in an accredited interior design office in Jordan. Non-Jordanian students may be trained at offices in their own country if conditions permit. A certified and detailed document on this training is required.


190423 - Studies in interior design (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190323).

This course focuses on the special study that the student is required to prepare for the graduation project. The chosen project will be agreed upon with the instructor. It should cover all aspects of collecting and analyzing data, studying similar case studies in Jordan and elsewhere, developing the intellectual arguments for design, and producing a typed and well-illustrated research document.

190424 - Interior Design (4) (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190423).

This course aims to prepare students to produce their final graduation project chosen earlier in course 190460. The project should reflect the highest professional standards possible and should be presented as drawings and as digital drawings to a committee in charge of assessing the quality of the project.

190431 – Design Method and Theories (3 Credit hours)

This course covers the various design theories that evolved after the Industrial Revolution and the different methodologies adopted. It puts particular emphasis on critical assessment and comparative studies between traditional and modern approaches to design.

190433 - Lighting and Acoustic (3 Credit hours)

This course covers the aspects of natural and artificial lighting design and its impact on interiors. It also covers the basic principles of acoustical design in theatres, cinema halls, and other public buildings


  1. Supporting Courses: Obligatory courses

(0180130) Color Theory and Application (3 credit hours)

This course familiarizes students with the identification of color properties and its components, both physically and chemically. Through practical applications, students will learn how to use colors in various designs, besides learning color relationships and their gradations and their influence with light and shade. Students will be also familiarized with the most important theories and applications of color.


(0180133) Photography (3 credit hours)

This course aims at covering the theoretical part of the foundations of photography, its importance and origin. In addition, this course provides sufficient information related to traditional and digital cameras, their parts and the mechanism of photography. This course is meant to learn the practical aspect of dealing with a photographic image in order to prepare creative designs that reflect students' scientific and practical capabilities.


(0180313) Islamic Art (3 credit hours)

This course covers the study of the philosophy, origins and development of the Islamic art, the most important characteristics and principles on which it was based. Furthermore, it focuses on the study of the most prominent artistic styles during the successive eras in various regions. Students will be requested to implement some practical applications during their study of these styles.


(0180472) The Psychology and Sociology of Design (3 credit hours)

This course deals with the psychological and social effects of different designs on the recipient, as well as the impact of the environment, acquired habits, and social behavior on the designer and the consequent patterns of thinking, methods of expression and artistic creativity.


(0180390) Aesthetics (3 credit hours)

This course covers the concept of beauty, its essence, and its philosophy by studying the most prominent philosophical schools in this field (Aesthetics), as well as dealing with the most important artistic concepts. Moreover, it covers the most important perspectives of aesthetics philosophers and their different points of view

  1. Elective courses: (9 credit hours) :

190430-   Art in the Twentieth Century (3 Credit hours)This course covers the various arts of the 20th century in particular. It emphasizes the role of various art movements, key figures and their different stylistic approaches, and their impact on interior design.



190333- Technical studies in English (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-130102).

This course aims to enhance students' knowledge on interior design in English. It covers all essential principles, technical terms, and vocabularies used in the profession.

190331- Special topics in interior design (3 Credit hours)

This theoretical and seminar-based course covers certain major and critical issues in interior design. Topics will be selected by students under the supervision of the instructor.

190426-Computer Aided-Design (3) (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190321).

This course trains students on computer software specialized in 3D interior design, such as 3Ds MAX 3D program, and linking it with V-ray software with a focus on various advanced tools and commands and some plugins (lighting V-ray –materials V-ray – rendering V-Ray) and the possibility of using them in interior design processes with conducting exercises in 3D more realistic animation.

190471-Environmental Design (3 Credit hours)

This course covers the most important aspects of environmental design and their impact on interiors. It includes the concept of green architecture and design, sustainable design, conserving energy in interiors, the use of environmentally friendly materials and technologies, etc.
190420-Models Illustrations (3 Credit hours). (Pre-requisite-190111).

This course covers the study of the relationship between mass and void, the aesthetics of models, and the various techniques of model-making.

Elective courses

190473-World Art History (3 credit hours)

This course covers all the needed aspects to display and understand the civilized arts in the Christian era, the Byzantine and Gothic periods, and then its extension in the Middle Ages to the revival of Classical and the beginning of the Renaissance, under the influence of various social, political and religious factors.


Contact Information

Jarash Road, 20 KM out of Amman, Amman Jordan


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